Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened the first stage of a $1 billion retirement village in the heart of Springfield.
The Premier said the $1bn Aveo Springfield project represented a great example of well-planned community development.
“Springfield is Queensland’s fastest growing community and in 20 years’ when this development is complete, the area will be home to more than 105,000 Queenslanders,” the Premier said.
The Premier said the opening of Aveo Springfield came just in time for the community to take advantage of a new grants program to help create more inclusive, age-friendly communities.
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $1 million over the next three years through Advancing Queensland: Age-friendly community grants.
Grants made through the program will range from $25,000 up to $100,000 and will help councils, organisations, not-for-profit groups, innovators and the community turn big ideas into action to help make life better for seniors.
As Aveo’s largest project investment to date, it is set to become the country’s largest master-planned senior living community.
Aveo Springfield is located in Springfield Central’s Health City, adjacent to the Mater Private Hospital on a 10-hectare full-service site which will house 2,500 residences once complete.
As part of a 15-plus year project to meet the long term needs of residents, the retirement village will create 5400 jobs in the development stage and generate up to 580 job opportunities once complete.
Aveo Group CEO Geoff Grady said the development was a commitment to grow with older Australians by ensuring good health, greater living choices and a peace of mind to the community.
“We know that by 2036, Springfield will boast a population of over 100,000, of which 20% will be over the age of 65 … this master-planned community will meet the growing needs of retirees wishing to reside in this beautiful region,” Mr Grady said.
The fully-integrated retirement village will include a child care centre, wellness centre, shops and cafes, providing the opportunity for all generations to come together and spend time as a family.
The interior design will incorporate generous flowing spaces, furnishable balconies, ample storage and finishes with ageing in mind, with large windows and light-filled space, neutral palettes for residents to add their personal touch, sleek kitchens and refined fixtures and fittings.
All common areas and residences will be fitted with personal emergency response systems and allow disability access.
“Greater Springfield is growing rapidly and has so much to offer people of all ages with opportunities to live, learn, work and play at the core of what makes this region a true destination of choice,” Springfield Land Corporation Chairman Maha Sinnathamby said.
“Multi-generational living is an important and indispensable part of our master-plan and to have Aveo Springfield situated in our Health City precinct signals that we are dedicated to enhancing social and human capital in this regard.”
The first residents will move into the community from June 2017 to coincide with the launch of Stage 1A.
- 66 independent living units and a community hub overlooking the new Jazz Park.
- Spacious one, two and three bedroom apartment options, all with balconies and ranging in size from 63 square metres to 122 square metres.
- 38 Independent Living Units.
- 36 Assisted Living Units and a 1000m2 wellness centre where residents will have access to GP’s and other health professionals such as physiotherapists, a 20 metre heated therapy pool and café.
- Due for completion in June 2018.
- 144-bed high care facility, due for completion in early 2019.
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BUDGET: Cash splashed to fix Ipswich’s congested highway
ONE of Ipswich’s worst intersections will be fixed with the Federal Government committing to fund an upgrade to the Cunningham Highway.
In his third budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison revealed $170 million would go towards improving the dreaded Amberley Interchange.
The project will include a realignment of the highway between Yamanto and Ebenezer Creek and an upgrade of the Ipswich-Rosewood Rd.
Expansions and growing military activity at RAAF Base Amberley has put pressure on the interchange.
The $170 million funding injection also comes as the Ipswich City Council considers a proposal from Lantrak to move 1 million tonnes of landfill each year to rehabilitate the New Hope coal mine at Jeebropilly.
According to the application more than 250 heavy vehicles would transit the highway each day.
The government says the Cunningham Highway upgrade will “improve travel reliability and reduce congestion”.
It is expected the Queensland Labor Government will match the funding to start the $340 million project.
Federal Labor MP Shayne Neumann confirmed his party would offer bipartisan support and also commit to fixing the highway in a “major boost for the economic capacity of the Ipswich region”.
“The road takes 2700 heavy vehicle movements a day, and plays a significant role in transporting people and freight between Brisbane and Sydney,” he said.
“These vital upgrades to the Cunningham Highway have long been identified on Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List.
“That’s why it’s disappointing the Turnbull LNP Government have had to be dragged kicking and screaming to fund this project.”
Become an entrepreneur
OLDER residents in Ipswich will be encouraged to become entrepreneurs so they can stay in the workforce longer.
The Federal Government will roll out 20 new entrepreneurship facilitators across the regions over the next four years.
Ipswich, along with central Queensland, Ballina and Tweed, will benefit from the program.
The small business experts will teach mature-age people how to start and maintain sustainable businesses.
The Federal Government has set aside $2.7 million in the 2018-19 financial year for the project.
A further $15 million will fund the program until June of 2022.
The government has also committed to continuing the Job Change project that assists mature-age workers to remain in the workforce as retirement and pension ages creep upwards.
Amberley cashes in on Defence spending
RAAF Base Amberley will take a share in millions of dollars in upgrades in the Defence portfolio.
A new Air Traffic Control Radar will be installed at Amberley as part of an estimated $96 million investment in new technology across several bases.
Working accommodation, maintenance, warehousing and training facilities will be built to support the introduction of the Growler Airborne Electronic Attack Capability aircraft.
The project is scheduled for completion by early 2021.
A C-17 maintenance facility, aircraft apron and associated infrastructure will also be constructed.
It is scheduled for completion by early 2019.
Australia’s largest solar farm planned near Ipswich
Somerset already hosts a number of energy projects including hydroelectric plants at Wivenhoe Dam and Splityard Creek Dam.Contributed
AUSTRALIA’S largest solar farm has been proposed for a rural site near Ipswich.
The proposed plant, east of Harlin along the D’Aguilar Highway, would have final capacity of 1,500 megawatts, six times larger than its closest rival.
Plans include two substations and the capacity to hire to 60 people.
The Sunraysia solar farm in NSW is Australia’s largest under construction, at 250 megawatts.
Other Australian solar farms of up to 1,000 megawatts have been proposed.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was a complex development application from Ethos Urban planning consultants.
The company has been involved in other large infrastructure projects throughout Australia, on behalf of Sunshine Energy Australia Pty Ltd.
“We understand the attractions of the site include its proximity to the existing high voltage power network and proximity to Brisbane,” Cr Lehmann said.
“The site has been largely cleared in the past and is within one hour of the 570 MW pumped storage hydroelectric plant at Splityard Creek which is also in the Somerset Regional Council area.
“The development application includes two substations, facilities for up to 60 employees and provision for battery storage.”
“The application has been referred to various government departments and agencies for their input and we will carefully assess it against our planning scheme like any other proposal.”
Somerset Regional Council is reviewing the application.
Education City link approved by Ipswich Council
A FOOTPATH that will link Springfield’s Education City to the Robelle Domain Parklands in Springfield Central has been approved by Ipswich City Council.
Plans were lodged by Springfield Land Corporation on February 2 this year and first approved on February 26.
However Ipswich City Council did not approve the use of Hoop Pines to landscape the pathway.
After some negotiating a new decision notice was issued on April 9 with the condition stipulating that Hoop Pines were not to be used deleted.
The land where the pathway is being constructed is lot 810 Sinnathamby Boulevard, Springfield Central.
Described as an open space boulevard pathway, the public concrete path and associated landscaping work has been approved in full subject to conditions.
Footpath lighting is to be installed, and a spotter catcher is to be engaged to supervise vegetation removal and ensure any native fauna including native bees are identified and relocated.
The spotter catcher is to submit a report before and after vegetation clearing works are undertaken detailing what wildlife has been identified and preventative and remedial actions taken to ensure animal safety.